Social history of Aotearoa - New Zealand|
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 19:17:21 CDT
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From: Kyle Matthews <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: NZ Students Protest and Occupy over Tertiary Cuts.
NZ Students Protest and Occupy over Tertiary Cuts
By Kyle Matthews,
Otago University Students Association
16 September 1996
New Zealand Students have been steadily building up throughout the
past two years to the upcoming general election on October 12th. Years
of underfunding, compunded by years of cutbacks in funding to tertiary
institutions have caused poverty and hardship for students, and have
left them facing years of debt for their education.
Students have consistently protested against the government's funding
policy, and have received considerable public support for their stand.
Stories of two protest are now available on web sites. In early July,
students from across the country travelled to the capital to protest
and raise public awareness about govt policy. The story of the "bus
trip" is available at: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/2493
Then in mid-August, students from Otago University occupied their
administration building for one week, as their university went through
their fees setting, and negotiation over staff pay processes. In what
has been recognised as the most successful student protest in New
Zealand's history, they faced trespass notices, massive media
attention, and unprecedented public support, overcoming threats of
eviction and achieving a major victory in the buildup to the crucial
election. The story of the occupation is available at:
Both articles have photos association with them. For those people
without WWW access, the stories are available via email from myself.
Otago University Students Association General Executive
PO Box 1436, Dunedin